I mentioned last month that my black beautyblender Pro was on its last legs and I wanted to try a cheaper alternative. I’m late to the game but I finally got around to buying the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.
There have been a whole bunch of drugstore beauty sponges coming out from brands like ecotools, NYX and L’Oreal but when I was at Walmart I saw that the Real Techniques sponges come in a 2-pack for $8.97 which on its own is a rather good deal. However, I remembered seeing a $1 cash back offer on Real Techniques sponges via the Ibotta app and that clinched it for me. If you do the math, that breaks down to a little less than $4 per sponge which sure beats paying $20 for a beautyblender.
Note: Please excuse the appearance of my beautyblender sponge. It looks a lot worse dry than it does wet but I do wash it daily after each use. It’s simply a really old sponge that’s in its death throes.
Based on info I’ve gathered from various sources, most people love the Real Techniques sponge and think it’s comparable to the beautyblender. However, they also say that the quality of the Real Techniques sponge has declined over the years and doesn’t hold up as well as it used to. I’ve only been using the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge for the past month so I can’t attest to the latter but as to the former I do agree that its a really good beautyblender dupe.
Dry, both sponges are approximately the same size; the Real Techniques sponge is slightly larger. Squeezing them when they’re dry, the beautyblender feels softer and squishier; the Real Techniques feels firmer. However, once they’re damp I honestly can’t a difference between the two; they feel equally squishy.
The beautyblender has a teardrop shape. The Real Techniques sponge looks kind of similar but has a pointier tip and the fat bottom is cut at an angle to create a flat edge which, in my opinion, makes it a lot easier to blend foundation. It’s a total time saver!
The only possible negative I can think of is the Real Techniques sponge seems a bit thin and delicate along the cut edge and pointy tip. When the sponge starts breaking down, I’m guessing those spots will be the first to fall apart. Otherwise, it’s a great product that works just as well if not better than the beautyblender. I honestly feel like an idiot for not trying it sooner especially if the earlier versions were even better quality.
I’ve already tossed my old beautyblender and the Real Techniques sponge has taken its place in my beautyblender holder (a.k.a. wire egg holder). Another perfect fit!